OSCE chairperson extends condolences to Japan over deadly earthquake

12:37, March 12, 2011      

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The chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday extended condolences to the Japanese people, who suffered a major earthquake of magnitude 8.9 and ensuing tsunamis.

"I was shocked at the news of the massive earthquake and the subsequent tsunami which struck northeast Japan today," OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis said in a statement.

"I extend my deepest condolences to those who have been affected by the terrible natural disaster, and offer my sympathies to the Japanese people and the Government. The victims, their families and the people of Japan are in our thoughts," he added.

Japan has been an Asian Partner for Cooperation of the 56- member OSCE since 1992.

Source: Xinhua

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